With intrauterine insemination (IUI), sperm cells are transferred directly to the uterine cavity by means of a thin catheter at the most fertile time in the menstruation cycle. This process brings the sperms nearer to the mature egg and the process of fertilisation is therefore facilitated. For this process, either the partner’s semen (homologous insemination) or that of a donor (heterologous insemination) is used.
The Kinderwunsch Institut is provided with an in-house sperm bank containing sperm cells of donors who are selected according to strict criteria and tested for communicable diseases.
IUI for example is worth considering as an option if you have semen results indicating a reduced number of functional sperms, but also for lesbian couples, who decide for a sperm donation.
It is also a relatively easy way to achieve a desired pregnancy for couples who, due to physical reasons like disabilities or other physical handicaps, cannot have intercourse.
The semen is prepared in the laboratory, ensuring that exclusively more sperm cells of an optimum quality remain – a process which normally only takes place in the female body. Whether a stimulation of the ovaries by medication is required can be determined after a comprehensive examination. For women without reduced fertility this normally is not necessary.
The probability of getting pregnant depends on many different factors. The woman’s age in any case plays a crucial role.
A study which has evaluated the data from 1998 to 2010 of the fertility centre Wiesbaden determined the values in the illustration. The chance of getting pregnant is best in the first three treatment cycles.